Development Squad

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WADS Pathway

Invitation to join WADS

Each September we invite a number of children who currently attend our weekly clubs to join our development squad. Invitations are sent out from either a coach’s recommendation or due to an outstanding performance at our Young Climbers Festival.

We look for children aged 6 – 11 years who are particularly self-driven in developing their own personal climbing. Potential candidates should show a degree of focus, discipline, dedication and motivation within their current climbing class as well as some natural sporting talent.

Our aim is to nurture and develop this talent helping children to them become well-rounded, happy climbers. Our Mini WAD and WAD sessions encourage children to try a variety of different climbing disciplines such as roped and outdoor climbing.

* NIBAS is part of the WADS sessions, potential new members must have completed at least level 2 if aged 9 – 10 years or level 3 if aged 11 – 12 years prior to joining.


For talented climbers aged 6 – 9 years

Thursday 5:30PM – 7:00PM


For talented climbers aged 9 - 13 years

Thursday 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Option to join our Competition Squad

Mini WAD and WAD members who are interested in entering climbing competitions will have the opportunity to join our competition squad at the start of April each year. Our competition squad train both rope climbing and bouldering and are aimed towards Regional competition level. As well as taking part on our Thursday WADS session, squad members will also join us on a Tuesday where competition preparation is the focus. Part of this preparation will be building up rope climbing competences; for 6 – 9-year olds this will be top roping and for 10 – 13-year olds this will be lead climbing.

Athletes will work to develop their technical and tactical skills with our coaches while laying the physical foundations through appropriated conditioning work. We remain open to all disciplines, supporting our climbers to express themselves as all round athletes.


For climbers aged 6 – 13 years who are interested in working towards Regional Competitions.

Tuesday 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Thursday 6:00PM – 8:00PM

Selection to be part of our Competition Team

From the competition squad our competition team will be selected to represent The Climbing Works at both Regional and National competitions. Additional competition practice sessions will be arranged throughout the competition season and often at the next competition venue. Selections are made to ensure that no athlete is attending a competition unprepared.

Our team philosophy is all about each athlete giving their best. For some this will mean medals and podiums where as others it’s simply the satisfaction of having given everything they can in a competition. Together every athlete contributes to our team performance and it’s this which we value above all else.